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Statewide Smoking Ban Bill Undergoes Changes

Posted April 5, 2007

— The newest version of a statewide smoking ban bill in the General Assembly would significantly scale back the original proposal.

The original bill, sponsored by Rep. Hugh Holliman, D-Gaston, would have banned smoking in all indoor public places.

Under the new proposal, Holliman said, smoking would be only be banned in restaurants. Bars that admit only people over 21 would be exempt.

The ban would not apply to places of employment.

The new proposal would give local governments more power, allowing them to create smoking bans of their own, even if they're stricter than state law.

The state's judiciary committee was supposed to hear the proposal Thursday but it was pulled from its agenda at the last minute.

Holliman said he is trying to get it onto the next agenda.


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  • St Ives Apr 9, 2007

    Ban smoking! We citizens are watching this vote. It is a little thing that, has a huge impact on my enjoyment of a night out. Most non smokers do not have a loud voice, but we have a loud vote!

  • markdaman Apr 8, 2007

    Smokers smell!! Yes smoking in all buildings should be banned. I hate seeing some idiot sitting with children and blowing smoke in their child's face. What kind of low life smokes in front of children?

  • superman Apr 8, 2007

    I say stop drinking on our roads. Stop filling up our jails and prison with people doing crimes related to alcohol. Stop our kids from drinking and killing themselves. As for perfume-- I am extremely sensitive to it. It makes me sneeze, choke, cough and I cant breath. I hope you folks feel much better being in front or behind a couple driving their car drunk after a night in the bar. If second hand smoke kills-- how often you have to be exposed-- once, twice? Just how deadly is it and how long do you have to be exposed before it becomes a health issue?

  • Tbell67 Apr 8, 2007

    I agree smoking is bad....I have smoked for years and I am trying to quit but not for anyone except for me and my son. That is my right...BUT I feel that if it will be taken away because the government thinks its bad...then they should do away with alcohol too....It also kills...how many drivers have wrecked smoking a cigarrette compared to how many were drinking and driving....AND how many women have been abused because of someone smoking compared to someone that was drunk...I lived it..I know..so if they are going to take away all the BAD things....alcohol should go too...hhmmm now how many agree? lol

  • SmokersHaveRights Apr 8, 2007

    Why don't we do like they do up North, and change the Easter Rabbit's name to "Peter Rabbit", so we can continue to be politically correct. Which is the real reason for this attempt to ban smoking in private businesses, just another go at being politically correct. Because we wouldn't want to be thought of as being incorrect, we've got to follow what "other states" and communities think is the "Correct Thing" to do..

  • SmokersHaveRights Apr 8, 2007

    Instead of trying to ban smoking in private businesses, a law needs to be passed or enforced here in NC against all the idiots around here, who have just got to talk on their cell phone while DRIVING!! I have lost count of the number of accidents I see DAILEY, because some driver can't wait to whip out that phone to call to check on something that amounts to a hill of beans. My god what did folks do before they could carry a phone with them everywhere, how did they survive with out it!

  • cal Apr 7, 2007

    Ban smoking all together!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RIBEYE Apr 7, 2007

    Lizard Paw, I guess you don't believe that man landed on the moon either? Junk science and politics also? Gee, you live in such a small world, don't you genius?

  • Lexi Apr 7, 2007

    “The health effects of secondhand smoke exposure are more pervasive than we previously thought,” said Surgeon General Carmona, vice admiral of the U.S. Public Health Service. “The scientific evidence is now indisputable: secondhand smoke is not a mere annoyance. It is a serious health hazard that can lead to disease and premature death in children and nonsmoking adults.” Secondhand smoke contains more than 50 cancer-causing chemicals, and is itself a known human carcinogen. Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke inhale many of the same toxins as smokers. Even brief exposure to secondhand smoke has immediate adverse effects on the cardiovascular system and increases risk for heart disease and lung cancer, the report says.
    - From U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services
    In the US alone, each year it is responsible for:

    -35,000 deaths from heart disease in people who live with smokers
    -3,400 lung cancer deaths in nonsmoking adults
    - From American Cancer Societ

  • Lizard Paw Apr 7, 2007

    Second hand smoke does not kill!! All that is junk science and politics.